Rockhound Ridge Gem Mine and Rock Shop, Inc

Now Open !
Rockhound Ridge Gem Mine and Rock Shop, Inc is located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, we will be offering the same great Rainbow and Rockhound products only in buckets instead of bags for you to sift through on our new double sided sluice.

Your online source for the finest enriched Gem Dirt, mining kits & accessories, rough and cut Gemstones, crystals, and minerals.
Hours of operation: 
OPEN 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday. Winter hours 10 AM to 5 PM, closed Wednesdays.
We have moved to a new location on the highway:
8430 US Highway 441 South, Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828.631.9990

Free admission.
Reservations are not required; however, please call to make reservations for parties of 10 or more.
We can reserve the entire mine for special events or birthday parties. Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve for private parties. 

For more information call Cara at 1-828-631-9990.
Email at

We offer the following:
  • Rainbow bucket - $12 (24 different gemstones)
  • Rockhound Rainbow bucket - $25 (35-40 different gemstones)
  • *NEW* Rockhound Ruby & Sapphire bucket - $50
  • *NEW* Rockhound Emerald bucket - $50
  • *NEW* Rockhound Opal Bucket - $75
  • Master Rockhound bucket - $100 (35-42 different gemstones)
  • The Legend Rockhound bucket - $200 (42-48 different gemstones)
  • Tiny Tots buckets (children under 5 years old) - $5
  • Jewelry, Crystals, Geodes, Specimens, Fossils, Screen Boxes, ID Charts, & more !
  • All major credit cards accepted as well as cash and debit cards !
  • when available : MYSTERY Buckets....large $150 ( 24+ LBS of gemtsones) : MEDIUM MYSTERY Bucket : $75 (12+ LBS of gemstones)

What is in our buckets?

Our Rainbow buckets may contain the following Gemstones and minerals:
2.Aventurine (Green and Blue)
4.Blue Angelite (Celestite)
5.Desert Rose
7.Quartz (clear points, smoky  quartz, raspberry quartz, milky quartz)
8.Corundum (Ruby and Sapphire)
10.    Calcite (green, blue, yellow, orange, and more)
11.    Emerald
12.   Jasper (Rooster Tail, Dalmation, Picture, Painted)
13.   Citirine
14.   Labradorite
15.   Moonstone (Peach, green, and rainbow)
16.   Tourmaline
17.   Kyanite
18.   Rose quartz (and Pink Ice)
19.   Marble
20.   Pyrite
21.   Rubilite
22.   Topaz
23.   Small Whole Quartz Geodes
24.   Tiger Eye

Our Rockhound Rainbow buckets, Master Rockhound buckets, and The Legend buckets may contain the same as the Rainbow buckets PLUS the following:
1.  Flourite
2.  Opal
3.  Peridot
4.  Arrow heads
5.  Celestite
6.  Rhodonite
7.  Apatite
8.  Fire Quartz
9.  Hematite
10. Lepidolite

Come and visit us for the BEST mining experience and the most awesome rock shop in western North Carolina. We offer the most Gemstones with the greatest variety for your money !


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